History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

20 January, 2012

From Above

A series of aerial photographs taken from a helicopter by Margaret Bourke-White for LIFE magazine, 1951. Many of them are of industrial or 'ordinary' views; it is such testament to her skill as a photographer that even these are incredibly striking and/or absolutely beautiful. 

Grape harvest in a vineyard near Fresno, California. Source

A freight train travelling through the El Cajon pass near San Diego, California. Source

Horseback riders on Ocean Beach, California. Source

Grain elevator with barges, Chicago. Source

New York City, with bus terminal in foreground. Source

Farm workers harvesting onions, Burbank, California. Source

The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth in the NYC harbour. Source

Smoke and smokestacks at a US steel plant, Gary, Indiana. Source

Tract housing, San Francisco. Source

The Coronado Hotel, San Diego, California. Source

A bridge crossing a river in Chicago. Source

Oil storage tanks, Houston, Texas. Source

Trains in Chicago. Source

Smoke coming from the chimneys of a paper mill, Houston, Texas. Source

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Source

Water skiers and motorboats in the ocean at Long Beach, California. Source

San Jacinto monument, Houston, Texas. Source

A segment of the Whitestone bridge, New York. Source

Tourists poking out of the crown of the Statue of Liberty, NYC. Source

A grain elevator and rail yard, Chicago. Source

Grain elevator and rail yard, Chicago. Source

Snow geese flying over Back Bay, Virginia, USA. Source

Riders on the shore as waves roll in against Ocean Beach, California. Source

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